November 8, 2007

Eason waiting for his chance

The clock ticks.

The passing of a moment has dual meaning to Ole Miss sophomore running back Cordera Eason.

With each second off the game clock, Eason watches and waits.

He sees BenJarvus Green-Ellis move towards another 1,000-yard season.

He watches Bruce Hall get carries and catch passes.

He waits for his turn.

"I thought I would (have a bigger role), but that's just how it goes," Eason said. "I just have to play my role and wait for my turn. When my turn gets hear, I'll just have to show up."

But as the moments pass, Eason's time draws near.

And when that time arrives, Eason said he'll be ready. With the help of the Rebel coaches, Eason's identified some areas where he's got to get better.

"My blocking is the main thing. I've got to do more than run; I've got to protect the quarterback. Holding onto the ball's been one of my problems," he said. "I don't want to let anyone down so I'll do my best.

"Whatever they tell me to do, I will - get strong, hold onto the ball and protect the quarterback."

Eason arrived at Ole Miss with big hopes. A four-star prospect, Eason fell behind Green-Ellis and Hall after suffering a pinky injury.

He played in 10 games as a freshman, rushing for 15 yards on just seven carries.

Eason appeared to breakout in the Red-Blue spring game, when he broke off several big runs on his way to 104 yards rushing on 12 attempts.

But instead of seeing more time this season, Eason's struggled to crack the rotation. In nine games, Eason's carried the ball three times for six yards.

Rumors began to swirl.

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